The Dutch settled here after retaking the island in 1816, and it served as Aruba's first capital. Today it's a bustling fishing village with a 150-year-old cas di torto (mud hut), the oldest dwelling still standing on the island. Here you can watch local fisherman bring in the fresh catch of the day. They will fillet and cook it for you on the spot if you like at a small hut with cold beer and soft drinks. Many of the restaurants get their daily fish from these fishermen. Savaneta is also home to two gorgeous seaside-dining spots—the Old Man and the Sea and the Flying Fishbone, which are side by side.


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